Kevin Matthews, CO of Advanced Orthopedic Designs, posted a “how-to” video a while back on YouTube. After seeing the video, I wanted to try it but never did until now. The Texas Turbo AFO is a posterior entry AFO that is easy to put on and low profile due to Kevin’s fabrication ingenuity. I must admit that the fabrication was not easy, but we did get a perfect pull on the second try.
For my patient, the brace was perfect; he had drop foot and no plantarflexors. The brace lifted his toes and the anterior aspect of the brace allowed him to push over the toes, essentially getting “fake” plantarflexion. After seeing the results of this AFO, I believe the design is underutilized in the field of orthotics. When you are thinking about using a solid ankle AFO to give ankle stability as well as dynamic plantarflexion, you may want to consider this brace. With the advent of some newer materials, I believe that creating a dynamic AFO with energy return will really take our field to the next level.
Fabrication video from Advanced Orthopedic Designs